Category list : Hydration
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The object in question resembles a toddler’s drinking cup. It’s plastic and there’s a lid from which protrudes a wide, circular spout. But you won’t find a Thomas the Tank Engine logo on it, as this receptacle – the plastic spouted beaker – is what many older patients in care homes and some NHS wards are given to drink from.
Hydration and nutrition has improved among care home residents following a programme of tailored support provided by a clinical commissioning group, according to an evaluation.
The Royal College of Nursing has called on trusts to allow nurses to take water bottles onto the wards during the current heatwave, in order to avoid dehydration.
Nutritional deficiencies are one of the risk factors for developing pressure ulcers. As part of the Stop the Pressure campaign, NHS Improvement has published useful resources to help staff reduce patients’ risk
The Royal College of Nursing has launched a new campaign designed to encourage nursing staff to “rest, rehydrate, refuel” during shifts.
Patients with dementia are being given few opportunities to have drinks of water on wards and in accident and emergency, which is leaving them “extremely vulnerable”, a review of London hospitals has found.
This article outlines the procedure for helping patients to eat at mealtimes. It highlights the importance of monitoring food and fluid intake and the need for accurate documentation
Nursing staff in Nottingham have teamed up with local designers to tackle a problem posed on hospital wards throughout the country, namely poorly designed water jugs.
Trusts and other employers are being urged to ensure nurses can keep hydrated, as a matter of patient safety, on what is the hottest day of the year so far in many parts of the country.
An award-winning hydration nurse specialist is urging health and care providers to trial a simple risk assessment tool that has been shown to significantly reduce hospital admissions from care homes.
Nursing home staff in part of the East Midlands are receiving support to spot the hidden signs of dehydration and malnutrition earlier.
Healthcare staff tend to not drink enough – or not at all – during shifts. A student nurse has created a poster to be displayed in rest areas, explaining why it is important to keep hydrated and prompting staff to drink
The Northumbria Assessment of Hydration is a simple protocol for assessing the risk of dehydration in older people and ensuring they drink enough
Nursing staff’s ability to gauge fluid intakeSubscription
A pilot study explored how accurately nurses and care staff were able to estimate patient fluid intake by looking at residual fluid left in different containers
A litany of failings in the care and treatment of a four year old boy who died at a specialist children’s hospital were so severe they amounted to service failure, according to an investigation.
Improving hydration in pre-operative patientsSubscription
A project aiming to reduce pre-operative starving times resulted in a dramatic fall in the number of patients starved for prolonged periods before undergoing surgery
Simple changes led by nurses on a hospital ward for older people have been praised for reducing the need for security and boosting staff morale as well as improving hydration and nutrition levels.
Many patients with cancer lose weight, but their thoughts on it are often overlooked. By acknowledging their feelings, nurses can help improve these patients’ quality of life
Implementing national patient safety alertsSubscription
National patient safety alerts must be implemented if risk to patients is to be reduced. Trusts should explore the barriers to implementation to effect bottom-up change
New guidance on end of life care calls for an individualised approach, with hydration maintained where possible, in order to avoid the mistakes of the Liverpool Care Pathway.